Hi all. My wife and I decided that our Spring renovation project will be redoing the basement / game room. As we progress, I'll document our progress here. We need to do this on a bit of a budget, but we plan on hiring a contractor. I would like to get some advice from others on certain ideas I have. First, here are some pictures of the existing space:
One key aspect to this is making it much easier to get pins in and out. It is very difficult to get pins down there, and I have yet to try to get one out. First, the door leading to the basement is only 29" wide which means that the backbox just barely squeaks by with about 1/4-1/2" on each side to spare. Then, when you get the pin down the stairs, the banister is in the way making it difficult to get the pin into the basement. We have had to slide the pin in a vertical position on piece of cardboard on the carpet and past the banister. I would like to widen the door leading to the basement and eliminate a section of the banister on the left so that you can pivot a pin more easily into the room.
Next, ceiling height is a problem. With the ceiling tiles on, you can't lift a playfield. You will see that in the area where I keep my pins, I have removed the ceiling tiles and hung some fabric to shield the pipes and electrical wires. I'm thinking about removing all of the tiles and painting everything black. I've seen some people do this for their game rooms. Can you paint over copper water pipes? Is there anything you need to be careful about when doing this. mustangpaul I've heard you mention that you have done this. Any advice? Also, if I do something like that, what lighting options should I consider?
I also want to do something about the flooring. The carpet has to go, but what to replace it with? I wouldn't mind gaining another 1/2" or so in height by replacing it with something that sits lower. I've heard some people mention resin flooring. Does anyone have any experience with that? I wonder if I go that route, whether I can have half the room done with resin while the pins sit in the other half. Then, move them and do the unfinished half. In other words, I would rather not bring the pins upstairs for this renovation. If not resin, what are some other good flooring options.
I think those are my immediate questions. I'll post back with more and with progress once we start. I appreciate any feedback. Thanks!